I was lucky enough to be given one of these bars by Tania and I was very impressed! Tania has kindly given permission for us to publish her recipe here.
These bars make lovely luscious, big bubbles and have a slight exfoliating effect due to the salt. By Tania's choice of regular non-iodised table salt (as opposed to large granule Natural Sea Salt) the size of the granule is very fine, which means it is much less abrasive. This salt can be purchased very cheaply at your regular supermarket in plastic bags. However, if you prefer a scrubbier bar, you can substitute our Fine or Regular Natural Sea Salt instead.
Salt Bars are best poured into individual cavity moulds because they break when you try to slice them, we recommend our Silicone 6 Bar Oval Mould or any unpatterned Silicone Moulds. Both are sturdy to pack the soap in but will unmould well.
- 600g Coconut Oil
- 200g Palm Kernel Oil
- 150g Olive Oil
- 50g Castor Oil
- 162g Sodium Hydroxide (Lye)
- 300 mls/g of Distilled Water
- 1 kilogram (non iodised) Fine or Natural Sea Salt
Tania used 40ml (approx 8 teaspoons) Lemon Verbena Fragrance to give this batch its fresh lemony fragrance!
If you are a beginner, we recommend you make a few batches before attempting this soap as the salt can be a bit tricky if you are just starting out. For how to make soap from Scratch, please see our Cold Process Soapmaking Instructions. You can also watch Soap Queen's You Tube Series on Cold Process Soapmaking.
Tania's tips on making salt bars are:
- Tania recommends you use individual cavity moulds, and not a slab or log as this causes the bars to crumble when they are cut. If you want to pour a slab or log, you'll need to cut soon after it sets up to avoid crumbling during slicing
- Make soap as usual and then when at thin trace add the fragrance and salt
- If you choose another Fragrance or Essential Oil, ensure your choice does not accelerate trace
- Work quickly and pour the soap
- Spoon the "salty soap" into individual cavity moulds and then tap the mould to settle the soap and eliminate any air bubbles
- Insulate as usual
- When unmoulding, slice a plastic spatula around the vertical sides of the mould and then tap to release